One of my favorite things about wedding photography is taking the couple’s wedding themes or color palette and working to make a cohesive story with photographs. I begin the brainstorming process the moment a wedding couple will tell me their vision of the day. If the wedding is at the Disneyland Resort, it’s easy because I’m so comfortable and familiar with the property. I know exactly where to find a certain colored wall, rock, or tree, and what time the lighting will be hitting it just right. If I’m not familiar with a property, Louise and I take a few minutes to explore before a wedding starts, or right after we introduce ourselves to the wedding party. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to explore and come up with ideas to create wedding art. It’s something that keeps my work new and fresh and exciting for me.
I have a big love for children’s literature and fairytales, so it’s always fun when we know we have a themed wedding coming up. Our goal is to create art with nods to the fairytale theme being used, without being too over the top. We want it to look beautiful, not silly (okay so we usually do throw a few silly ones in there, but you know what I mean). 😉
Yesterday, Nicole and Brendan had a Little Mermaid themed wedding. We were photographing at the Grand Californian Hotel, and wanted to find an area that came across as more beach themed than rustic. Louise came up with the idea of using these rocks near the outdoor fireplace. She said it reminded her of the iconic rock photo of Ariel. I thought it was a brilliant idea.
Then, we decided to take seashells from her table and use them for their ring image.
A few weeks ago, we photographed Chelsea and Trevor’s wedding. Her theme was Tangled, and so we worked to give her images a more whimsical outdoor feel. We also wanted to take a photograph of her looking out a window, to give a subtle nod to the theme. This is what we came up with:
With Maria and Justin, they had the cutest color palette, so we played with it a little and searched high and low for yellow and black items to enhance the color story for their day.
And with Gina and Richard’s World of Color theme, we really wanted their photos to burst with color.
There’s a little bit about the thought process behind our wedding images. It’s always fun to see what ideas wedding colors come up with. I’m always amazed at how well their colors and themes are pulled together, and love to be able to work with them to portray their vision in their wedding photos. <3
2 thoughts on “Photographing Wedding Themes and Color Palettes”
I love the thought process that goes into your images. They turned out terrific!!
I agree with Hope – I love all the thought that goes into your photos! I can’t wait to see more of that Little Mermaid wedding!